Maker Faire 2012
February 22, 2012
Let's go to Maker Faire!
Organization and volutneers
I plan to go to the New York event for certain.
I'd like to see LMR at some of the other venues too. Post a comment below or send me an email if you are interested in helping to represent LMR in some way at any of the locations. If would be wonderful if someone stepped forward to help organize at one or more other faires.
So far, LMR will be at the following locations for Maker Faire this year:
- Mini Maker Faire, ShenZhen, China (organized by OddBot and DAGU)
- World Maker Faire, New York (organized by ignoblegnome)
Last year, LMR had our first offical presence at Maker Faire, which was hugely successful. If you missed the action last year, I posted a summary. There's a great video produced by LMR member flummer showing some of the action around the faire last year.
I had a lot of help from a dedicated few, and lots of LMR members stopped by or sent robots.
This year, I'd love to see us expand our presence and have even more of us involved. The Bay Area Maker Faire has already put out their "Call for Makers" and one of the mini Maker Faires starts in February. So I'm starting the call for volunteers and participants now.
What's Maker Faire, you ask?
From the makerfaire.com website: "A two-day, family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement."
Where is it?
Maker Faires scheduled all over this year. The big ones are produced by or in partnership with MAKE.
- Maker Faire Bay Area (May 19-20)
- Maker Faire Kansas City (June 23-24)
- Maker Faire Detroit (July 28-29)
- Maker Faire New York (September 29-30)
In addition, there are "mini" Maker Faires organized by communities around the world. There's even one in China! If there's not one near you, maybe you can help get one going.
- Cedar Rapids Mini Maker Faire (February 25)
- Tampa Bay Mini Maker Faire (March 31)
- Sonoma County Maker Kids Mini Maker Faire (March 31)
- Shenzhen Mini Maker Faire (April 7-8)
- UC Mini Maker Faire (Urbana, IL) (April 14)
- Chicago Northside Mini Maker Faire (April 21)
- Lubbock Mini Maker Faire (April 28)
Commercial Makers and Sponsors
Maker Fair allows individual's to register for the event as a Commerical Maker, which allows you to sell product. So if any of our entepreneurial LMRians wanted to come and sell kits, that could be done. There's an additional set up fee for Commercial Makers.
Companies and commerical entities are supposed to register as Sponsors, rather than Commerical Makers. I'm not 100% clear on the rules around this. If anyone is interested, I can do some digging.
I have exchanged emails with the organizers of Maker Faire, and they are cool with LMR working with one or more commercial sponsors. They will need to approve the sponsor, because they want to avoid any conflict with companies sponsoring the event in general as opposed to sponsoring a specific group's presence at Maker Faire. They also want to approve all signage and logos which may be included in our booth based on a companies support.
I've also wondered about collecting some cash to help give our presence some real splash, and to cover some expenses. Would people be willing to donate a few bucks to a central fund to help support our efforts? I'm not asking for any money at this time, just floating the idea.